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Jan 30, 2019

New home for a new life?

There comes a time in life when you just know you have to make a move.

The ‘trigger’ for the decision to up sticks and move house is different for different people.

It often has to do with changing family circumstances. Maybe the kids have left home and you…



Jan 29, 2019

Is it time to buy your first home?

How old do you have to be to buy your first home? The obvious answer is that there is no particular age to become a first-time buyer. But sooner is probably better than later.

Research last year by Santander found that owning a home is cheaper than renting in every part…



Jan 28, 2019

A new home you can just lock up and leave

Owning your own house is great for independence, financial security and the feeling that there is somewhere you can really call ‘home’. But sometimes it can feel like a bit of an obstacle that’s actually stopping you from doing what you want to do.

Particularly when you retire, with…



Jan 23, 2019

23 Jan 2019 Move home – or extend your existing home?

Needing more space is one of the most common reasons for moving home. A growing family is often the trigger that starts the search for a new house. Or maybe you would like to work from home – either working for yourself or someone else – and just need a space where you can work in peace and quiet.



Jan 21, 2019

A home for a teenager

So, you want a home for a teenager? We don’t mean that you want to ship your offspring out to a hostel for troubled kids (tempting though that may be, sometimes). We mean you want to create – or maybe buy – a home where your teenager will feel … well, at home.

Let’s think about…



Jan 18, 2019

The benefits of a new home in a retirement community

‘Retirement villages’, ‘retirement communities’ or ‘age exclusive developments’ are a relatively new idea in the UK. Ten years ago you would have struggled to find one (OK – maybe ten years you weren’t looking for one – just take our word for it!).

But maybe you are looking for…



Jan 17, 2019

Bungalows for family living

The British have a bit of a love affair with bungalows. But bungalows also have an image problem. They are are seen as good housing for people who are, perhaps, getting on in years.

We think that’s all wrong and it’s time for a ‘bungalow…



Jan 16, 2019

Getting a mortgage – without a deposit

Yes, you read that headline correctly. You can get a mortgage, even as a first-time buyer, without having a deposit.

Sounds too good to be true? Sadly, for most people it probably is. But read on to see if you could be one of the lucky few.

Some lenders (and…



Jan 15, 2019

50-plus and in need of a mortgage?

If you are 50 or 60 years old (or more) and thinking of moving home, you are probably thinking of ‘down-sizing’ – moving to a smaller property. If so, you probably have a house to sell that is worth more than the one you want to buy. So, you won’t need a mortgage.

But…



Jan 09, 2019

Women in charge when searching for new homes

This may not come as a total surprise. Research we have carried out has proven that when it comes to finding a new family home, if there is one person ‘in charge’, it is women who take the lead.

A survey we ran with a number of media partners has revealed that, in the…